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New realities and mandates in a post-pandemic world

Municipalities on the frontlines:
New realities and mandates in a post-pandemic world

4th Annual Municipalities of the Future Symposium

We are pleased to announce that our 4th annual Municipalities of the Future Symposium will proceed in virtual format on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 from 9:00am to 2:30pm and Dino Basso, Commissioner of Corporate Services for the Regional Municipality of York will serve as keynote speaker.

Throughout the day there will be many guest speakers. Browse all guest bios below.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Alena Kimakova, Director, School of Public Policy and Administration at akimakov@yorku.ca

This event is co-sponsored by IPAC TRG.

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Agenda

Last Updated: February 28, 2021

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Participants connect

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome and introductions

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Keynote Address
Dino Basso, Commissioner of Corporate Services for The Regional Municipality of York

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Q&A Period

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Small group networking session

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Panel Discussion | Session I

Session IA - The pandemic and change management: Challenges and opportunities for transformation and innovation in municipal public administration

  • Shanon Kalra-Ramjoo, Manager, Enterprise Project and Change Management Office / Strategic Innovation, City of Vaughan, Office of Transformation and Strategy
  • Asare Kester-Akrofi, Program Manager, Business Licensing & Regulatory Services, Municipal Licensing & Standards Division, City of Toronto
  • Stephen O’Brien, General Manager, City Clerk’s Office, Corporate Services, City of Guelph

Facilitator: Fausto Natarelli, Adjunct Faculty, School of Public Policy and Administration

Session IB – Health and social services: The need for integration and equity

  • Stella Danos-Papaconstantinou, Commissioner, Social Services, Regional Municipality of Durham
  • John Riches, Deputy Chief, Regulatory Compliance & Administration, Region of Durham Paramedic Services, Durham Region Health Department
  • Keddone Dias, Executive Director, LAMP Community Health Centre
  • Aseefa Sarang, Executive Director, Across Boundaries

Facilitator: Naomi Couto, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) Program, School of Public Policy and Administration

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Break

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Panel Discussion | Session II

Municipal communications: An essential service with material impact

  • David Arbuckle, Executive Director, Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO)
  • Joe Couto, Director of Government Relations and Communications, Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Lisa Duarte, Director of Communications and Marketing, Region of Peel
  • Michael Genova, Director, Corporate and Strategic Communications, City of Vaughan

Facilitator: Antoinette Sarpong, Change Management Lead, Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

Lunch Break

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Panel Discussion | Session III

Municipal finance: New realities in times of structural change

  • Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer, City of Mississauga
  • Laura Mirabella, Commissioner of Finance, Regional Municipality of York
  • Andrew Waters, Senior Financial Planning Analyst, Financial Planning Division, City of Toronto
  • Donna Herridge, Executive Director, Municipal Finance Officers'​ Association

Facilitator: Ken Ogata, Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy & Administration and School of Administrative Studies, York University

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Small group networking session

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Panel Discussion | Session IV

Session IVA - Economic recovery and intergovernmental relations

  • Sarah Klein, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Town of Whitby
  • Victor J. Severino, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Office of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, Regulatory Modernization and Business Relief Division
  • Rosemarie Powell, Executive Director, Toronto Community Benefits Network

Facilitator: Jason Reynar, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Innisfil

Session IVB – Human resources: Remote work, redeployment, leadership and process improvements

  • Silvia Fraser, Director of Transformation, Workplace Strategies, City of Toronto
  • Dana Johnston, Interim Head of Human Resources, Town of Whitby
  • Roy Tran, Director, People Experience, City of Toronto
  • Lola Obomighie, Director, People and Culture, Cota

Facilitator: Amuna Baraka-Clarke, Senior Director, People & Culture, LOFT Community Services

Keynote Speaker Dino Basso

Dino Basso, Commissioner of Corporate Services for The Regional Municipality of York

Keynote address by Dino Basso

Dino Basso is the Commissioner of Corporate Services for The Regional Municipality of York, an upper tier municipality comprised of nearly 1.2 million residents. Since March 2020, York Region has been at the forefront of the pandemic response.

Together with his team, Dino has tackled significant – and sometimes unrelenting – challenges to support the organization’s response to COVID-19. His high-performing team of leaders and approximately 400 staff deliver critical internal and external support in the areas of: Planning and Economic Development; Corporate Communications; Human Resources, Property Services; Data, Analytics and Visualization Services; the Office of the Regional Clerk; and Business Services. He is also the Vice President of YorkNet, a York Region owned municipal services corporation that installs and manages an extensive dark fiber network. With the demand for high-speed internet at an all-time high, delivering on YorkNet’s mandate to better connect underserved communities all across York Region has never been more important. 

A Registered Professional Engineer (P. Eng), Dino has spent the majority of his 31-year career – 27 in fact – as a public servant. Prior to assuming the Commissioner role in 2014, Dino was the Executive Director for the Region’s Corporate and Strategic Planning department; Director of Capital Delivery, Transportation and Works; and Manager of Corporate Policy and Special Projects in the Office of the CAO. His leadership style is based on a commitment to operating with integrity, empowering trusted employees, seeking first to understand and leading from behind.

Speaker Bios

David Arbuckle

Executive Director, Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO)

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Amuna Baraka-Clarke

Senior Director, People & Culture, LOFT Community Services

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Naomi Couto

Graduate Program Director, Master in Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL), School of Public Policy and Administration, York University

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Joe L. Couto

Director of Government Relations and Communications Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police

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Stella Danos-Papaconstantinou

Commissioner, Social Services, Regional Municipality of Durham

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Keddone Dias

Executive Director, LAMP Community Health Centre

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Lisa Duarte

Director of Communications and Marketing, Region of Peel

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Silvia Fraser

Director of Transformation, Workplace Strategies, City of Toronto

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Michael Genova

Director, Corporate and Strategic Communications, City of Vaughan

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Donna Herridge

Executive Director, Municipal Finance Officers Association

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Dana Johnston

Interim Head of Human Resources, Town of Whitby

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Shanon Kalra-Ramjoo

Manager, Enterprise Project and Change Management Office/Strategic Innovation, City of Vaughan, Office of Transformation and Strategy

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Gary Kent

Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer, City of Mississauga

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Asare Kester-Akrofi

Program Manager, Business Licensing & Regulatory Services, Municipal Licensing & Standards Division, City of Toronto

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Alena Kimakova

Director, School of Public Policy & Administration, York University

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Sarah Klein

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Town of Whitby

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Laura Mirabella

Commissioner of Finance, Regional Municipality of York

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Fausto Natarelli

Adjunct Faculty, School of Public Policy and Administration

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Stephen O’Brien

General Manager, City Clerk’s Office, Corporate Services, City of Guelph

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Lola Obomighie

Director, People and Culture Cota

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Ken Ogata

Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy & Administration and School of Administrative Studies, York University

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Rosemarie Powell

Executive Director, Toronto Community Benefits Network

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Jason Reynar

Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Innisfil

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John Riches

Deputy Chief, Regulatory Compliance & Administration, Region of Durham Paramedic Services, Durham Region Health Department

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Aseefa Sarang

Executive Director, Across Boundaries

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Antoinette Sarpong

Change Management Lead, Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

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Victor J. Severino

Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Office of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, Regulatory Modernization and Business Relief Division

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Roy Tran

Director, People Experience, City of Toronto

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